Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Whatever happened to grammar?

Police: Ex-convict suspected of killing 8 captured
By JIM SUHR, Associated Press Writer
1 July 2008
GRANITE CITY, Ill. - Police and FBI agents captured an ex-convict suspected of killing eight people in two states as he smoked a cigarette outside of a southwestern Illinois bar Tuesday night.
[emphasis added]
Has no one heard of a dangling modifier? Did this guy really kill eight people in two states while smoking a cigarette outside an Illinois bar? Hmmm... maybe the bar was in East St. Louis, on the river, and he killed folks in Illinois & Missouri - shooting across the Mississippi.

No - I don't mean to make light of the crime, only of the reporter's language!

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